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2014 Celebratory Dinner - July 29, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Summer Internship Grant Program

News & Announcements

May 22, 2014 - ICE-E Intern Orientation
August 7, 2014 - ICE-E Recognition Ceremony & Dinner

Overview / Purpose

The Initiative in Civic Engagement and Equity (ICE-E) provides grants of up to $5,000 for UDC undergraduate students who are working at unpaid summer 2014 internships that encourage critical thinking about how our society works and action to address inequities.

The purpose of the grant is to enable students who might not otherwise have the financial means, to engage in one of the many unpaid internships in Washington, DC that promote the Initiative's goal of creating a more equitable society.

Criteria for Participation

Grant awardees must:

  • Be a full-time UDC student (at least 12 credit hours), in good academic and financial standing, in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Undergraduate seniors (graduating in May or August 2014), graduate students, and law students are not eligible for the grant.
  • Secure an unpaid internship with an organization located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that promotes a more equitable society. The internship must be full-time (forty hours per week) and last for at least eight weeks during summer 2014.
  • Be willing to engage in four "equity seminars" / leadership development workshops, two team building activities during the eight-week internship period.

Application Process

Applications for summer 2014 ICE-E grants will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis starting on March 21 and running until April 21, 2014. It is highly recommended that students submit their applications as early as possible due to anticipated high demand for grants.
An ICE-E Review Committee will consider all applications. Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision within three weeks of the date that the application is received. During that period, the applicant may receive a request for an interview. Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision via e-mail.

Applicants who are offered grants will have one week to either accept or decline the award.

Application Instructions:

Click here to download application.

Applications must include five items: (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) an official UDC transcript; (3) a signed copy of the internship offer letter on official letterhead, (4) a letter of reference from a UDC faculty member in a sealed envelope, (5) and a copy of the grant application form with essay attached.

All five items should be placed in one envelope and sent to:

Initiative in Civic Engagement, and Equity | Bld. 42, Rm. 212F | University of the District of Columbia | 4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W. | Washington, DC 20008

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact us at or 202.274.7144.

2013 Grant Recipients

 From left to right: Francies Stephenson,  Mission: Launch, Inc intern; Edwin Flores, D.C. College Access Program intern; Daniel Callejas, Latin American Youth Center intern; Tsholofelo Motshwane, Airline Ambassadors International; Natalie Sidbury, Lutheran Social Services intern; Akuoma Kamalu, Jumpstart intern; Steven Jones, Georgetown University's Psychology department intern; Vincent Tanoe, ICE-E c/o 2011 intern; Natasha Bennett, ICE-E c/o 2011 intern; and Trelaunda Beckett, coordinator for UDC student activities and Veterans' Affairs.